Missouri Basketball Improves to 10-0

By Brandon Byer, 23 Sports

Sunday, Dec. 15-

The Missouri men’s Basketball team moved to 10-0 on its season with a win over the Western Michigan Broncos by a final score of 66-60. After a week filled with exams and academic work on the docket for the Tigers, coach Frank Haith expected that his team may come out groggy and out of rhythm with an uneven practice schedule throughout the week.

This expectation that coach Haith had showed in the first half with a bevy of unforced errors on the offensive end and a surprising lack of rebounding as well. The Tigers turned the ball over nine times in the first half, which halted any offensive flow that Mizzou was attempting to create throughout the half. As well, the Broncos were able to grab five offensive rebounds against the Mizzou frontline, which is very unlike the Mizzou basketball team we have seen so far this year.

Mizzou’s defensive effort held Western Michigan to 30 percent shooting from the field, and a mere 20.8 percent from beyond the arch. David Brown led the way for the Broncos with 18 points, but had a poor night shooting the ball, going 5-18 from the field, and 1-10 from the 3-point line.

Jabari Brown led the way for Mizzou with 15 points and 3 rebounds and Earnest Ross added 12 points and 7 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson only chipped in 12 points, which paved the way for freshman point guard Wes Clark, who came off the bench to provide 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Tony Criswell continues to play inspired basketball as he brought down 4 rebounds, and scored 10 points on the night.

The Tigers will now look ahead to the Braggin’ Rights game vs. Illinois in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center.

Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m.